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Ports already winners

Although this is not my original purpose for writing this letter I would like to take the opportunity to make a public apology for my angry outburst at the Ports Football Club grand final celebrations.

I was disappointed that my not quite 15-year-old son had succumbed to an idiotic football tradition of shaving his head.

I don’t have a problem if grown men want to do so, but I don’t think it has a place in junior football celebrations.

I also do not condone the wearing of the club guernsey and medallion to school on the Monday as I believe you should show respect to the losing team even though they haven’t been courteous in the past.

The only positive of now having a bald son is that it will be some time before his numerous hair products find their way into my shopping trolley.

Now for the real reason for my letter.

Win or lose the Eastern Eyre senior colts grand final I had every intention of writing this letter.

I wanted to thank the Ports Football and Netball Club for helping me teach my three sons’ resilience, kindness, tolerance and team spirit.

I have been a member of the Ports club for about 20 years and in that time my sons have lost more games than they have won.

However, in that time my sons have not once said that they don’t want to play for Ports because they don’t win or referred to themselves as losers.

Each week they turned up to football with a positive attitude that they could work on their skills and focus on the goal that their coach had set them.

At Ports it doesn’t matter if you are tall or small, coordinated or uncoordinated, fat or slim, good looking or not so much, rich or poor, your sexual preference or cultural heritage as you are a valued member of the team, because without each member we don’t have a team and every player brings with them some skill we can benefit from.

Teams are not about stand out individuals but more about bringing people together to work together to achieve.

This inclusive and positive outlook comes from the wonderful coaches my sons have had and the leaders in our club as well as from our family.

Congratulations Ports senior colts on winning the 2018 Eastern Eyre grand final but in my mind, you were winners before you stepped on the field.

LOU MCDONOUGH

Port Neill

Great newsletter

I would like to congratulate the Working for Kimba’s Future Group on their very informative, factual newsletter last week dated 31/8/18.

I especially appreciated the following paragraph which read “Kimba has always been a ‘Can Do’ community with many people active in innovative projects. However, none of these have ever succeeded in stopping the flow of people out of our community. Kimba needs a new industry not reliant on farming in a low rainfall area. A radioactive waste facility fully funded by the federal government and bringing many jobs during both the construction and operation phase would be a fantastic industry to welcome.”

Many of the people on the Working for Kimba’s Future Group are also members of the groups masterminding the silo art, sculptures, art exhibitions and the free camping.

 They are our community leaders – passionate, astute, pro-active people.

I was also very heartened to see that the ex-member for Grey, Barry Wakelin stated in parliament (Nov 24, 2003) that he “reminded people that the level of radioactivity in the nuclear reactor waste is no greater that that in a load of superphosphate – that is fertilizer – for a wheat crop.”

When I visited ANSTO at Lucas Heights Sydney where the nuclear reactor is housed, I spoke to Duncan who heads up the waste storage there.  

I asked him about the radioactivity of superphosphate.  

He assured me that anything with potassium in it is radioactive hence the referral to bananas. Everyone knows that bananas are one of the few foods that contain potassium.  

If you check all types of fertilizers, you will find a percentage of potassium listed in all of them. Nothing much grows without fertilizer.  

All our fruit, vegetables, legumes and cereals are grown with a radioactive substance.  

It is all around us, in our brick homes, tiles and granite rocks at a level which is classed as normal background radioactivity and is easily measured.  

This is the level at ANSTO and will be the level at the proposed facility.

SA Senator Alex Gallacher said “you’ll get the same amount of radioactive exposure as eating a banana.”  

Dr Peter Karamoskas, a nuclear radiologist, said repeatedly at an open meeting that the facility will be safe, with no reason why it can’t go on farming land.  

I feel we have much more serious issues to deal with such as lead in the mid north, asbestos in our older homes and beach shacks, and the storage of 60,000 litres of pure chlorine sitting above the township of Kimba in the SA Water yard.  

Another big concern is the disposal of the lithium batteries used in solar farms after their 20-year life span.

If anyone would like a copy of the newsletter email workingforkimbasfuture@outlook.com.

BARB SCHMIDT 

Kimba 

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